suburb Deerfield Village Board Bans Certain Semi-Automatic Weapons By Associated Press • Apr 3, 2018 Members of the village board in the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield have voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms. Runner Helps Save Illinois Mayor Who Fell Into Frozen Lake By Associated Press • Dec 12, 2017 A good Samaritan helped save an 80-year-old Illinois mayor after he fell through thin ice trying to save his dog from a lake. Former Chicago Alderman to Challenge Cook County President By Associated Press • Nov 13, 2017 A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax. Amtrak Employee Pleads Guilty to "Polar Express' Scheme By Associated Press • Oct 12, 2017 An Amtrak employee has pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he steered thousands of dollars in business from its "Polar Express" train ride to his wife's photo company. $9M Settlement Completed in Case of Man Exonerated of Murder By Associated Press • Oct 12, 2017 A man exonerated in a killing for which he spent 15 years in prison has reached a $9 million settlement with investigators in northern Illinois.